Everybody who trys to make up sentences for an experiment designed to look at intonational patterns faces a challenge: we need to use words that have lots of sonorants in them. Obstruents disrupt intonational patterns, so they should be avoided as much as possible. Building on my projects with UMass colleagues, I have complied a database for Japanese words in which the first two syllables are all sonorants. They are sorted by accentedness, solely judged by my intuition (I am a native speaker of Tokyo Japanese).
The placement of accents has been judged by me, a native speaker of Tokyo Japanese, but please do check with your speakers before recording. Please report any mistakes or unnotated variability in accent placements. You're of course always welcome to contribute to this database.
Consonant co-occurrence restrictions in Yamato (native) Japanese. The data are partly published in Kawahara, Ono, Sudo (2006) Consonant co-occurrence restrictions in Yamato Japanese. Japanese/Korean Linguistics
14: 27-38. Stanford: CSLI Publications. Click here
for more comprehensive data.